Onyekuru says Everton was his destiny

Everton’s on loan striker Henry Onyekuru says he knows Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was pursuing his transfer this summer - but that it was “his destiny” to sign for Everton.

 

Ronald Koeman captured the 20-year-old Nigerian international for £7m from KAS Eupen, but then instantly loaned him to rival Belgian club Anderlecht to continue his development.

Brendan Rodgers was also keen on taking Onyekuru to Scotland but the striker said: “I knew of the interest from Celtic but it was my destiny to join Everton. I’m really happy that a club like Celtic were interested in me.

“But I still need to improve as a player and I can do that at Anderlecht before hopefully playing in the Premier League.

“I want to have an excellent season in Belgium before returning to Everton.”

Onyekuru will have a quick opportunity to show Rodgers what he missed when Anderlecht entertain Celtic in the Champions League on September 27.

Both clubs are regarded as the minnows of Group B, alongside heavyweights P

Onyekuru admitted: “The Champions League draw has been very tough for us. It’s one of the more difficult groups. PSG and Bayern are obviously the favourites to qualify but Celtic is also a complicated opponent for us. Anderlecht’s results have been up and down recently but this squad is prepared to fight in Europe.”

Onyekuru, who scored 30 goals in 60 total appearances for Eupen, has yet to find the net in five outings for Rene Weiler’s Anderlecht against Zulte Waregem, Oostende, Charleroi, St Truiden and Gent.

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